Installation and Finished Product
The backplate is drilled for LGA775, 115X, and 1366, and designed to be installed in only one orientation, as we have it on our system. It will have to be held in place with one hand, while you twist it to align the holes and install the standoffs.
To get here, we have the standoffs, and their nylon washer tightened down. Once that is done, set the top brackets on the standoffs, align the holes, and using the supplied short screw set, secure them, so they do not move.
After an application of thermal paste, we set the cooler in place, looking to align the cross-bar with the top brackets, and once close, send the screwdriver down the channels of the cooler. Switch back and forth between the two screws when securing the cooler, and we tightened it until we ran out of threads.
From the front, we can see the tower and the fan sit well above the memory, and would give us no issue if the cooler was over them at all. Mainstream system users will have no problems with RAM height and the Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS.
No problems with RAM to the right of the CPU socket in the slightest! With the offset nature of the tower design, Scythe made sure that the tower and the 27mm thick fan stay out of the way!
The best part is that even though the cooler is offset to the rear IO on the motherboard, the fan at the back rides at a proper height for the average kit of RAM to fit in there. Those using taller RAM have a lot of room until you run into the tower, and the rear fan can be raised or removed in those instances. We also noticed that access to the 8-pin it tougher with this, again, we suggest plugging the 8-pin CPU cable into the motherboard first, if you have that option.
Now that we have it installed, it does take up quite a bit of room, but both the RAM and the motherboard name is still visible for those into a line of sight branding. The top PCI-e slot is not blocked in any way, and we had no issue accessing motherboard screws around the tower. All we have left to do is power it on and unleash the ARGB!
Once up and running, we used the controller setup to power the ARGB and start in this "rainbow" mode. The illumination is top-notch, and we like that the flow of lighting on top matches to the intake fan. Keep in mind, this is one of 14 modes, with various color options and five speed settings, for those modes. These modes are things like fade, pulse, strobe, color-shift, and many others of the same we see from other makers.